Travis Ranch Newsletter March 2013 Principal’s Letter Dear Travis Ranch Parents: Does your child miss school when it isn’t necessary? Do you schedule doctor’s appointments during the school day or let your child oversleep and arrive late for class? Do you plan special days off of school for family vacations and celebrations? Most of you do not and are very responsible to see that your children get to school every day and on time. But there are a fair number of parents that consistently bring their children late or check them out early for a variety of reasons. These actions are risky. When parents allow kids to miss school, they send the message that: School is not that important. Rules can be broken. Commitment to teachers and classmates isn’t essential. It’s okay to let other activities take priority over an education. These messages are certainly unintentional, but we would be surprised to find out our children learn more from what we do than what we say. People who know me best hear me often say, “Intentions are irrelevant. Perception is everything!” For example, honesty is a value that I have carefully taught my children over the years. One time, I accidently walked out of Target with a small container of Tic Tacs. As I was putting the kids in the car, I notice them in my hand. I say out loud, “Oh no! I totally forgot to pay for this!” My 10 year old son says, “Come on, Mom…I’m tired. Let’s go home. It’s only Tic Tacs.” What I said and did those next few moments could have reinforced all those years of teaching about honesty or undone years of instilling that value into their lives. Yes, I made that long walk back to pay for those darn Tic Tacs (I hate Tic Tacs to this day). But my kids have remembered that incident for years. We need to ask ourselves, what messages do we intend to send to our kids and what are they truly perceiving. Those might be very different. Being present and on time to school shows respect for others—and oneself. Luckily, kids can learn this habit. Start by setting a good example. Also, help your child develop routines that keep her on schedule, such as packing her backpack at night and putting it by the front door. Let your children see that being on time and present at important events is of high value. Sincerely, Cindy Freeman Principal 2012-2013 PTA Executive Committees President Kathleen Callahan Financial Secretary Brenda Stutzman Executive Vice President Shannon Benson Recording Secretary Jen Shearer 1st VP, School Programs Sheri Stewart Corresponding Secretary Kristina Peterson 2nd VP, Elem Programs Erin Gary Historian Terise Schweers 3rd VP, MS Programs Kym Pittman Parliamentarian Carrie Johnson Treasurer Cyndi Fixa Auditors Cindy Flanagan Travis Ranch Newsletter/ March 2013 March 2013 Sun. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Sat. 1 2 Elem. Minimum Day Kdgn. Field trip - All Later Gator Schedule 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Early Release Elem-1:47p MS – 2:18p 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 PTA Exec Mtg 1st Grade Field Early Release 5th Grade – 7-8p trip – Zoo Elem-1:47p Parents Night, MS – 2:18p 6:30-8p, MPR Blood Drive, 8:30-2:30p Choir Spring Concert – 6- 9p, Gym 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Shamr Salute to Read Early Release Community MS Jog-A-Thon ock Week! Elem-1:47p Read Run for MS – 2:18p Reach Kinder Roundup 8:30- 11:30a 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 PTA Gen. Mtg Early Release 5th Grade Field – 7-8pm, MPR Elem-1:47p Trip – UCI MS – 2:18p Water Festival Attendance Reminder Please call the Attendance Line each day that your child is absent. 714-986-7460, option 3 Travis Ranch Newsletter/ March 2013 Travis Ranch under the big top carnival Ladies and Gentlemen! Boys and Girls! Step right up and mark your calendars for the annual Travis Ranch Under the Big Top Carnival. Saturday, June 8th ~ 11am to 3pm If you would like to get involved and help out, please contact Shannon Benson at email@example.com Travis Ranch Pride Day is coming! Get ready to help beautify our school! On Saturday April 13 from 9-12pm, students, teachers, parents and family members will come to school and work together to rake, weed, remove litter, plant flowers and add some “shine” to campus. Watch for a flyer coming home in March to sign up for a Pride Day “clean team.” Travis Ranch Newsletter/ March 2013 Reflections Art Program "The Magic of a Moment" 2012 Reflections Art Program We are thrilled to announce that Travis Ranch performed in spectacular fashion in the PYLUSD and the Orange County Reflections contests! We had several winners in the school district contest, a few more that won at County, and even two that are going to compete at the state level! Winners the school district level: Isabella Paulus (Visual Art, 1st place, Intermediate) Peyton Bladow (Visual Art, 1st place, Middle School) Troy Mills (Music, 1st place, Primary) Angelina Hellwig (Music, 1st place, Intermediate) Erin Lee (Photography, 1st place, Primary) Regan Rodriguez (Visual Art, Honorable Mention, Primary) Janelle Casacchia (Literature, Honorable Mention, Intermediate) Vy Pham (Literature, 2nd place, Middle School) Alex Koch (Film, Honorable Mention, Middle School) Winners in the Orange County contest: Isabella Paulus (Honorary Mention) Peyton Bladow (Honorary Mention) Erin Lee (1st place) Troy Mills (1st place) Erin Lee and Troy Mills are going on to compete in the state contest. In meantime…start thinking about next year’s contest…the theme is Believe, Dream, and Inspire. Congratulations to all our winners!! Sheri Stewart, Cara Wilson, Pam Lemmons, Reflections Co-Chairpersons \ Travis Ranch Newsletter/ March 2013 Volunteer Corner Every Minute Counts . . Thank you to all of our generous volunteers. We have accumulated over 7,000 hours since July. The Volunteer Log is located at the front counter in the office – next to the Visitor Sign-In Book. Please sign in on both pages because every minute counts and we need to know when you’re on campus. Volunteer hours include any time you’re working in your child’s classroom or assisting the teacher, including fieldtrips. PTA volunteer hours include any time spent helping with a PTA activity. This also includes the time spent on the phone or computer, running errands, attending any meetings or training for a PTA position, even time spent driving to and from PTA functions Thank you for making a difference. Terise Schweers Historian TR Worker Bee Volunteers I would like to personally thank every volunteer that will be assisting our caring Health Clerks for the Elementary & Middle School Vision & Hearing Screening in March. We really appreciate everyone's help to run the screenings efficiently for our students and staff! Joining the TR Worker Bees is easy, simply go to the Travis Ranch PTA web site and go to the Contact tab on the screen. Enter your information and I can add your name or call 714-986-7460, option 7 and leave a message. Here are some possible Worker Bee tasks: work a shift at the Book Fair, help distribute fundraiser prizes, count Box Tops or help sell tickets for an event to name a few. It's a great way to get involved when it fits into your busy schedule. Terise Schweers TR Worker Bee Coordinator Travis Ranch Newsletter/ March 2013 Library News Our Library needs your help!! Please look through your magazine collections.... We would love to have gently used issues from 2011, 2012 and 2013 in any/all of the following children's magazines: Zoobooks National Geographic ‐ Kids American Girl Boy's Life...and similar publications. Battle of the Books! Congratulations to our Battle of the Books Participants! We are so proud of your hard work!! Travis Ranch took 1st and 3rd place in the 6‐8 grouping! In the 4th‐6th grouping we had students participating in two groups and both those groups made it to the 3rd level (top 25%)! REACH Foundation ShamRock ‘n Run Did you hear Our School can earn $5.00* for our school from each and every one that registers for this event? If you are not familiar with the REACH Foundation yet, they are a non-profit organization that is dedicated to serve PYLUSD students. Our School's PTA would like to invite our Families to come out and support the REACH Foundation in their FIRST Annual ShamRock n Run. There is fun for everyone, even a 2Kwalk/run for the kids! *Register Online and remember to allocate/pledge $5.00 of your registration towards Our School! Invite your friends, family and neighbors! www.reach4pylusd.org Travis Ranch Newsletter/ March 2013 Community Partners Please support the Travis Ranch PTA through these Community Partners programs! Thank you! Your Community Partners Chair, Erin Gary Box Tops Marketplace Earn cash for our school when you buy from Box Tops Marketplace stores. Choose from Oriental Trading, Target, Staples, 1-800-Flowers, Personal Creations, Best Buy and hundreds more! Just log on to www.btfe (Box Tops for Education) and go to “shop online and earn” or “shop marketplace” under the Earn tab. Our school can earn up to 8% with your online shopping. Also, while you’re on the Box Tops website, look for coupons for Box Tops products and other promotions. Sign up for a Target Visa card and up to 1% of each purchase can go back to our school in the form of a cash donation from Target. The money will be used in many ways to benefit the school and our kids’ education. If you already have a Target Visa card, please be sure to link it to Travis Ranch. Here are two easy ways to link your Target REDCard or Visa Card with our school: 1) Use the gift registry kiosks in the store located near the customer service desk 2) Go online to www.Target.com/tcoe and link your Target Card to our school It’s that time again!! PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION FOR THE NEW TERM BEGINS ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2012. There is no pre-registration! This means that you cannot register for the new term until September 1, 2012 or after. 1. All of your members who are currently enrolled in the Ralphs Community Contribution Program will remain active until August 31, 2012. 2. Participants will be required to register or re-register for the new term at www.Ralphs.com or by using the scan bar letter at the register starting September 1, 2012. 3. If you received a scan bar letter last year, it is still good and can be used this year. 4. Even if your participants registered as recently as June or July 2012, they will be required to register again, on or after September 1, 2012. 5. Your organization does NOT need to re-register, only your participants. 6. This notice does not apply to participants of the Food 4 Less/Foods Co Community Rewards program. Although the Travis Ranch PTA cannot endorse any business or service mentioned in this newsletter, we thank them for their support. Travis Ranch Newsletter/ March 2013 Elementary News Box Tops Competition It’s what you’ve been waiting for! The competition between the 1st through 5th grade classrooms starts February 1st and runs until May. The class from each grade that turns in the most Box Tops will receive a popsicle treat during lunch in June. AND, each student that turns in 50 or more gets their name entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card to the place of their choice (Game Stop, Cold Stone or Cinema City). Two gift cards will be given away! Be sure to put your child’s name on the baggie when entering the drawing. Birthday Book Club News The Birthday Book Club wants to thank the following students who donated books, in honor of their birthday. We have received close to 90 books this year. Way to go Trailblazers! A Big “Thank you” and “Happy Birthday” to the following students who donated books to our library: Student Teacher Book Title Natasha El-Maissi 1 / Mrs. Rose The Big Book of Love Katie Flanagan 2 / Mrs. Aho Frankly Frannie Katherine Paulus 2 / Mrs. Aho American Girl – Aloha, Kanani Sawyer Scialdone 2 / Mrs. Sitar Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Third Wheel Ashna Ahmed 3 / Mrs. Greenspan Infinity Ring – A Mutiny in the Time Emily Krohn 3 / Mrs. Greenspan The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe / The Magician’s Nephew Ryan Clark 3 / Mrs. Hennessy Extra Credit Sara Slonkosky 3 / Mrs. Hennessy Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge Hannah Winstead 4 / Mr. Wilkerson Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Third Wheel Sarina Tayui 4 / Mr. Wilkerson Guinness World Records Group Adila Ahmed 5 / Mrs. Mullen Infinity Ring – Divide and Conquer Isabella Paulus 5 / Mrs. Caderao American Girl - Saige Thank you again, Cindy Flanagan and Janice Krohn, Birthday Book Club Co-Chairpersons Travis Ranch Newsletter/ March 2013 Elementary News 5th Grade Celebration The Big Finish! An Olympic Day of Fun Hello 5th Grade Parents, First of all, who could have believed that 6 short years ago we were walking our kiddos to kindergarten. Now, we are getting ready for them to finish Elementary School before embarking to Middle School. For those of you who are not familiar with the 5th Grade Celebration, the PTA has in years past put on an Olympic Day of Fun - The Big Finish at Travis Ranch Park on Tuesday, June 11th. This is a fun filled day for the kids. The way that this day is even more memorable is all the parents helping out in various capacities. This is a day that the kids will recall for years to come. We need lots of help - both moms and dads are needed to help; aunts and uncles are welcome too. We will be holding an "informative" meeting on Wednesday, March 6th in the PTA Room (across from Mrs. Greenspan's room) from 8:30am-10:00am. Please join us if you can to find out what is needed and where you can help. As June draws near we will have 1-2 more meetings in preparation and will be sending home forms to all the 5th grade students for additional parent help on this day. If you can't make the meeting and still want to be a part of this day, please let us know via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to seeing you. Carrie Johnson & Terise Schweers Co-Chairs, 5th Grade Celebration Travis Ranch Newsletter/ March 2013 Elementary News Travis Ranch 2012-2013 Elementary Memory Book is On Sale Now!!! Memory Books are a wonderful keepsake for your Trailblazer and they provide great elementary school memories. Pre-ordering your book now is the only way your child will be guaranteed a book when they are distributed at the end of the school year. We will sell remaining books at an increased price only while quantities last. Please be aware that our books SOLD OUT last year so purchasing your book early will guarantee your child will have his/hers at the end of the school year! Current Price: $39.00 (Presale Price is no longer available) There are two ways to order. You may go to www.travisranchpta.org and order yours online. (Note that personalization is no longer available.) If you would like to pay by cash or check (payable to Travis Ranch PTA) cut and return the portion below, with payment in an envelope, to the front office or to your child’s teacher. Thank you for your help and support, Memory Book Production Team (714) 986-7460, option 7 Cut and return below portion with payment in an envelope to the school office or your child’s teacher Student Name: _______________________________________________________ Grade: ___________________ Teacher: __________________________________ # of Memory Book(s) Ordered: _________ Amount Enclosed ___________________ Travis Ranch Newsletter/ March 2013 Middle School News Travis Ranch Middle School "Run 2B Fit" Jog-A-Thon Friday, March 22th Great Prizes: iPad, Gift Cards, Angel Tickets, Laker Tickets and 25 raffle prizes Donate only $25 and your your student will get a Chick-fil-A lunch at school, Kona Shaved Ice and 2 Raffle Tickets to enter for prizes. Envelopes will go home: Monday, March 4th Envelopes Due (Donation/Sponsors): Friday, March 15th (First Period Teacher) NEW: Every student who returns a signed envelope will receive a Giant Pixie Stick in appreciation of their support for Travis Ranch PTA (even with NO donations). Purpose of this Fundraiser: This year a portion of Jog-A-Thon proceeds will support Middle School computer technology, Assemblies, Field Trips, Classroom Programs, Equipment, and Supplies. Travis Ranch Newsletter/ March 2013 Middle School News P.E. /Gym Clothes Middle School students interested in purchasing replacement or additional PE clothes have the opportunity every Wednesday morning from 8:15 to 8:45. Shorts are $12, Shirts are $8 and locks are $5. We are located in front of Mrs. Buckley’s office near the girls’ locker room. Thank you, Colleen Walker and Cyndi Fixa Vocal Music Travis Ranch Middle School's award-winning show choir, ENCORE, had their first competition on Saturday, February 9th. Our singers took first place, as well as winning the musicianship award for best vocals! Our singers will go on to participate in several more competitions this spring, and they will also be performing at Disney's California Adventure and Knott's Berry Farm. Come see their full show choir set at our spring concert on Wednesday, March 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Travis Ranch gym. Bleacher seating is FREE, so bring your whole family for a night of great music from all our choirs at TRMS!
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